It’s Not All Mary Poppins


These pictures are so unbelievably cute that at first I didn’t.

“Those aren’t real. Those are toys. Those smiling Chinese people in blue lab coats? They’re just to add a touch of authenticity to the hoax.”

A bit of googling, though, showed me that there is indeed such a place as the Wolong Nature Reserve, and that they do indeed have a panda breeding program. Normally they only produce 6 to 11 babies a year, but this year, they had a bumper crop:


Okay. I’m done talking. You can all just revel in the cuteness…



February 8, 2007 - Posted by | random and odd, the cuteness!


  1. I rarely actually wish I could change places with anyone–but this did it. Overcame all my defenses. I think I’m suffering from a serious case of panda envy.

    Comment by addofio | February 8, 2007 | Reply

  2. I wanna panda. They are too, too, too cute! (x16)

    Comment by Tater and Tot | February 8, 2007 | Reply

  3. I got this in my inbox a few weeks ago, but they are just as unbelievably cute now as they were then! Hope you feel better, Mary!

    Comment by Jennifer | February 8, 2007 | Reply

  4. I read about this, pandas are hopeless at baby making and baby caring apparently but they have figured out in this clinic how to help them along, I forgot exactly how IVF I guess and now theres are lots of pandas and they may not face extinction! They are adorable!

    Comment by jenny uk | February 9, 2007 | Reply

  5. Awwwwww, I’m feeling all warm and fuzzy now.

    Comment by mamacita tina | February 9, 2007 | Reply

  6. Addofio: Panda envy about sums up my response, too. They look so much like stuffed toys – but they move! And breathe! And they’re warm! (And they have enormous claws…)

    Oh, and welcome! I recognize your name from Stephen’s blog. Thanks for slipping over.

    Tater&Tot: I love the one of them floundering about the floor while the fellow weighs one. They’re everywhere!

    Jennifer: My mother sent them to me, and I had to share. As you say, they bring a smile the second time, too.

    Jenny: In my googling, I gathered that they’re terrible breeders. One does wonder how something so reproductively inefficient has survived at all! They certainly can’t withstand any external pressures on them, such as humans encroachment on their habitat. There are only about 1600 of them in the world today – so they’re still only a hair’s breadth from extinction.

    MamacitaTina: Aren’t they great? You know why the World Wildlife Fund chose this particular animal as their symbol, don’t you? They’re genuinely endangered – and who can resist? “Yes, YES! I’ll make a donation!!”

    Comment by MaryP | February 9, 2007 | Reply

  7. OMG! They are so sweet! They look so huggable. Thanks:)

    Comment by Dani | February 9, 2007 | Reply

  8. oh my goodness… i want one to squeeze and love for my very own. of course, right now i’d probably accidentally kill it by giving it my monster virus, so it’s probably best that they’re a world away.

    Comment by lara | February 9, 2007 | Reply

  9. In one word: Awwwwwwww! So perfect to imagine snuggling up to on a rainy day as we’re having over here!!!

    Have a great weekend!

    Comment by Jennifer | February 9, 2007 | Reply

  10. SO adorable. We have our own baby panda in DC. I took Grace to see him in the fall and he just looks so cuddly and adorable. LOVE them

    Comment by So Called Supermom | February 9, 2007 | Reply

  11. Hi Mary,
    Cute baby pandas! I’m bring Girl Terror down to the computer later to look. But for now, I have a question I’m hoping you can help me with.
    Last week, Hubby picked up Girl Terror from her Dayhome. The kids were actually at a nearby playground, where they often go. Unfortunately, we had forgotten to send GT’s snowpants. She was wearing a cordorouy dress and tights. Being 4, she doesn’t have a lot of common sense…Caregiver had taken her to slide down the hill, wearing just tights on her legs (she had pants in her pack, but no one checked). The excuse? “YOU forgot to send her snowpants today.”
    I realize I should not have forgotten. It will never happen again. My question is How do I express to this woman my very strong feelings on this? My daughter was sliding, wearing no warm clothes on her butt and legs, in -12 degree winter. I don’t want to alienate our caregiver, because in all other ways she is excellent. But I need her to understand just how wrong this was.

    Comment by Tammy | February 10, 2007 | Reply

  12. I had seen one of those pictures, but more are even cuter – sorta like the pandas! It’s nice to see them have a good year, given how they are always on the edge of endangered even with lots of programmes to provide protection and help in China and other countries.

    Comment by kittenpie | February 10, 2007 | Reply

  13. Pandas!!! 😯 😆

    I read that pandas often have twins, but they will only care for one and let the other one die. So, conservationists started using a technique where they sneak in and switch the babies when mommy’s not looking, to trick her into caring for both.

    They can raise the pandas independantly of mommy, but then they don’t leaern everything they need to know to survive in the wild.

    Some times mommy gets freaked out by the behavior of the panda infant changeling, in which case the keepers learned to substitute a panda doll rubbed with momma’s scent and her baby’s urine. The panda doll is very non-threatening and docile so panda momy calms down and mothers this for a little while, then they sneak one of the real twins in again.

    Comment by Michael (a.k.a. Snaars) | February 10, 2007 | Reply

  14. Sweet merciful cuteness!

    The photo with the blue-coated people is so adorable that it almost looks photoshopped.

    Comment by Lady M | February 11, 2007 | Reply

  15. WOW!

    Your kids are so cute! And I have to say that I love your new coat Mary. 😉

    Comment by Andie D. | February 11, 2007 | Reply

  16. Wow! Wish I could cuddle one …

    Comment by laura | February 11, 2007 | Reply

  17. no no! they’re NOT REAL! how CAN THEY BE! LOOK AT THEM! they’re dolls! they’re care bears! they were sent as early valentines!

    the cuteness is overwhelming. i’m typing from the floor.

    oh! and how fun to be at the new site! i love it!

    Comment by kyra Anderson | February 13, 2007 | Reply

  18. these are fakes, little humans dressed up in suits

    Comment by fayce | July 18, 2007 | Reply

  19. how I could touch them .. OMG! they are very cute..

    Comment by vita | October 11, 2010 | Reply

  20. Omg! i love panda bears these so cute. Panda bears are so cute and fluffy and cute. and i love them there cute and adorable:D

    Comment by Bailee | March 29, 2011 | Reply

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